Did you always win candy sales contests while you were at school? Do you have a talent to persuade and convince people? Could you sell the sand to someone living in a desert? A career sale might be just around the corner.
Determine if you have the natural gift of the sale. Some have it, others do not, and it is not easy to learn if you do not already have a natural ability.
Focus on developing and refining your natural skills in high school by taking courses such as theater, speech, and business. Extracurricular activities such as team sports, theater club, debate club and entrepreneurial clubs available will also improve your skills.
Choose a part-time job that will allow you to practice your sales skills and people skills. Whatever the product, the experience will help later when you are looking for a full-time job.
Research programs in colleges and universities. Most schools do not offer degrees in sales per se, but with a little ingenuity, a born seller can make the diploma work of almost any baccalaureate to his advantage.
Major in a related field such as communications, marketing, business administration or even public relations. These topics teach students how to talk to customers and how to persuade, the foundation of the entire solid sales career.
Browse sales magazines to examine the issues facing today’s sales representatives. Sales Representative jobs vary so widely – from independent sales and outside to an internal sales representative on the phone 40 hours a week – that you need an idea of what is out there before you can make an informed decision.
Decide if you can manage the competition. Thousands of sales jobs are advertised in newspapers, magazines, and the Internet each day; You must find the only thing that can make you stand out from the rest of the pack.
Take an entry-level sales representative position in a company that will allow you to train on the job. Many companies have their own sales techniques and prefer someone green that they can shape and shape.
Look at private sales seminars offered that teach basic sales skills (how to overcome discards, how to conclude a sale, bestselling sales techniques), buy a couple of audio programs on sales skills, and read, Read, read.
Apply for your first full-time job. Remember, your first successful sales job is selling you to your first employer.
Tips and Warnings
Get a well-balanced education. The more areas you can know to cover, the more marketable you will be to employers.
Maintain a positive attitude, even in the face of defeat. Employers and customers will respect your ability to see the bright side.
Do not assume that just because you can get hired as a sales rep with little or no experience, that task will be easy. The competition for acquisition dollars is fiercer than ever, and you must be better than the rest to get the sale.
If you are a homebuyer, sales may not be your ideal career. Being a sales representative often requires moderate to extensive travel.